Mark di Suvero, Rust Angel, 1995. Painted steel, 8' 11" by 14' by 7' 8". Photo Taylor Dafoe. Copyright Mark di Suvero.

 

 

 

A year after Hurricane Sandy, the deadliest storm of the 2012 season and the second-costliest in U.S. history, artists, dealers, writers and community leaders have combined efforts for "Come Together: Surviving Sandy," a massive, multi-floor "pop-up museum" in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn (Oct. 20-Dec. 15). The show counts more than 300 artists as contributors, and the works include both those created by artists directly affected by Sandy and others inspired by the storm and its lasting effects.

Curated by artist and Brooklyn Rail publisher Phong Bui, "Come Together" is a collaboration between a number of New York institutions. Key among them are the Rail, the arts education organization (and guardian of founder Robert Motherwell's estate) the Dedalus Foundation, and Industry City, the manufacturing, office and retail complex in the once-bustling waterfront distribution center Bush Terminal. Industry City provided the warehouse space housing the exhibition. Addressing the crowd at the press in front of Red Hook artist Dustin Yellin's fish tank-like glass diorama After the Flood (2013), Industry City CEO Andrew Kimball pointed out that his firm had given art conservators 18,000 square feet of space directly following the storm to help recover hundreds of damaged works of art.

"Come Together" occupies four of the warehouse floors, as well as an outdoor sculpture garden for large-scale works, including  Rust Angel, a 1995 sculpture by Mark di Suvero in his signature red-painted steel. The galleries inside hold a vibrant mix of paintings, installation, video and sculpture from artists and artists collectives including Chuck Close, Lisa Yuskavage, Donald Moffett and the Bruce High Quality Foundation (who contribute twin inflatable rats of the type used by union protestors). Of particular note were Diana Cooper's oversized sculpture of a wall outlet, flecked with blue paint (2006), and SUPERFLEX's terrifying video contribution in which a life-size replica of a McDonald's floods completely with water (2008).

A number of performances are also scheduled. Present on Thursday (and to be repeated at the public opening this Sunday, Oct. 20), was Josiah McElheny's Walking Mirrors (2012), consisting of two people walking slowly throughout the third floor, harnessed with a contraption of mirrors that reflected the art in front of and behind them. Also planned is "Day into Night," a series of dances curated by Judy Hussie-Taylor; dubbed "poems in space," they respond both to Sandy and to the immensity of the show's warehouse space. Other events on the calendar include a series of poetry readings and a panel on the possibilities created by using the storm as a setting for historical fiction.